Dr Frank Luther Mott

Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa, USA
Death 26 Oct 1964 (aged 78)
Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 176621840 · View Source
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Frank Luther Mott, professor of journalism and dean, was born in Keokuk County, Iowa, on 4 April 1886, to David Charles and Mary E. Tipton Mott. He attended Audobon High School, Audobon, Iowa, and graduated in 1903. He was a student at Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, 1903-1906. From there Mott went to the University of Chicago where he received his Ph.B. in 1907. His M.A. (1917) and Ph.D. (1928) degrees in English were received from Columbia University. He married Vera H. Ingram, 7 September 1910. They had one daughter, Mildred.

Mott was co-editor with his father of the Marengo
(Iowa) Republican, 1907-1914; editor, Grand Junction (Iowa) Globe, 1914-1917; instructor, Marquand School for Boys, Brooklyn, New York, 1918-1919; platform manager in the Chautauqua circuit, Des Moines, Iowa, during summers 1917-1920; professor of English at Simpson College,
1919-1921; assistant professor of English at University of Iowa, 1925-1927; professor of journalism and director of the School of Journalism, 1927-1942, dean, School of
Journalism, 1942-1951, and emeritus, 1951-1964, at the University of Missouri; on leave as section chief of journalism, American University, Biarritz, France, 1945-1946; on leave as adviser to Japanese news leaders, 1947; joint editor with John Frederick of The Midland, 1925-1930, and associate editor, 1930-1933; editor-in-chief of Journalism Quarterly, 1930-1934; chairman of National Council for Research in Journalism, 1934-1938. Mott was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, 1939, and Bancroft Prize, 1958 for his work in the history of American magazines. His honorary degrees included: Litt.D., Simpson College, 1939; L.H.D., Boston University, 1941; Litt.D., Temple University, 1945; LL.D., Marquette University, 1958.

Mott was a member of the following organizations: Modern Language Association of America; American Association Teachers of Journalism; American Association of Schools and Departments of Journalism (President 1929, 1950); American Antiquarian Society; American Historical Association; American Dialect Society; Alpha Tau Omega; Kiwanis Club; Kappa Tau Alpha (president 1936-1939); and Sigma Delta Chi.

Mott was also the author of numerous books and articles on journalism and magazine history, among them: A History of American Magazines, 5 volumes; American Journalism; News in America; and Jefferson and the Press. He also wrote short stories.

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